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Task Group 101
Radiological Protection in Therapy with Radiopharmaceuticals

Radionuclide therapy combines the therapeutic effect of radiation with the targeting capability of molecular therapies and is increasingly being utilised as the result of ongoing development of various novel radionuclides, tracer molecules, and application techniques. Committee 3 established a working party (WP) on therapy with radiopharmaceuticals to assemble the previous guidance documents and new data in the literature and evaluate the need for providing recommendations related to radiological protection of patients and staff as well as of the environment. During this process, it became clear that establishment of a new framework of dosimetry as well as novel treatment approaches should be considered. Such a framework could include individual patient dosimetry to plan the therapy, test activities and pre-treatment tracers, measurement of whole body/tumour/organ kinetics, analysis of urine or blood samples, quantitative measurements of test and therapeutic activity, dose calculation based on 3D-patient images or patient-like phantoms using Monte-Carlo or analytical techniques, an evaluation of how to scale-up pre-treatment results to therapeutic activity levels, as well as new approaches for written directives for the therapy. The review also identified a need for additional guidance with regard to overall radiological protection practices, including protection of patients and staff, associated with this new approach.

It is particularly important to alert the community in variation of patient kinetics at therapeutic levels of activity. The medical community currently does not have easy access to biokinetic or dosimetric data for such approaches. In the vast majority of therapeutic modalities many treatments are effectively administered blind, quantitative imaging or dosimetry is seldom performed and ‘standardised’ or ‘nominal’ activities are employed. A collection and review of the existing information and literature in the context of therapeutic use will help optimise therapeutic use and protection required for radiopharmaceuticals, particularly for new treatment modalities, compounds, radionuclides and administration approaches. The introduction of new treatment procedures also requires additional guidance for radiological protection of staff, especially when multidisciplinary teams are involved (e.g. procedures in interventional catheterisation laboratories).

The first step is to continue assembling available data on these treatment modalities, compounds, radionuclides, biokinetics, and individual treatment planning approaches. Summarising these data and having intensive discussion among the experts of different fields will bring a consensus of how best to optimise therapeutic applications and the radiological protection practices required. On the basis of these approaches, new recommendations and radiological protection in therapy with radiopharmaceuticals will be established. Radiation protection and risk estimates for staff, carers, family, friends and the general public will be discussed after each treatment method as well in a specific chapter, where there will be a detailed description of occupational, general public and environmental issues connected to radiopharmaceutical therapy.

The present work will provide recommendations on optimising therapeutic applications (including new aspects of individual dosimetry in therapy with radiopharmaceuticals) and radiological protection practices to be published in the Annals of the ICRP (ca. 100 pages).  The target audience will be clinicians, staff, medical physicists, radiological protection officers, and regulatory authorities.

Chair

Dr Yoshiharu Yonekura 
National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology, Japan
Curriculum Vitae
 

Honourary Co-chair

Professor Sören Mattsson 
Skane University Hospital Malmö and Lund University, Sweden
 

Members

Prof Wesley E. Bolch 
University of Florida, USA
Curriculum Vitae

Business Address
Advanced Laboratory for Radiation Dosimetry Studies (ALRADS)
Department of Biomedical Engineering
1275 Center Drive
University of Florida
Gainesville 32611-6131
Florida

Telephone and E-mail
352 273 0303 (Office)
wbolch@ufl.edu (Main email)
wbolch@ufl.edu (Office)
9501 SW 56th Place
Gainesville, Florida 32608
 
Dr Lawrence T. Dauer 
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center , USA
 
Glenn Flux 
UK
 

Corresponding Members

Chaitan Divgi 
USA
 
Dr Darrell Fisher 
Versant Medical Physics and Radiation Safety, USA
Curriculum Vitae

Business Address
1835 Terminal Drive, Suite 201
Richland, WA 99354

Telephone and E-mail
509 942 3781 (Office)
darrell.fisher@versantphysics.com (Office)
 
Makoto Hosono 
Kindai University, Japan
 
Michael Lassmann 
Germany
 
Stig Palm 
Sweden
 
Pat Zanzonico 
USA